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First Liberty Briefing is an exclusive podcast hosted by First Liberty Institute’s Deputy General Counsel Jeremy Dys.

In about 90-seconds, once a week, Jeremy recalls the stories that have shaped America’s religious liberty, from the founding era to current legal battles and more. It’s an insider’s look at the stories, cases, people, and laws that have made America the world’s leader in protecting religious liberty.

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First Liberty Briefing is an exclusive podcast hosted by First Liberty Institute’s Deputy General Counsel Jeremy Dys.

In about 90-seconds, once a week, Jeremy recalls the stories that have shaped America’s religious liberty, from the founding era to current legal battles and more. It’s an insider’s look at the stories, cases, people, and laws that have made America the world’s leader in protecting religious liberty.

    The Fight for Religious Exemptions Continues for Little Sisters of the Poor

    The Fight for Religious Exemptions Continues for Little Sisters of the Poor

    Religious exemptions to the Contraceptive Mandate are under attack once again. After several states filed lawsuits against the Trump administration for protecting the rights of religious objectors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that RFRA does not permit a broad religious exemption from this very mandate. The case now heads to The U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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    Public School Student Exposed to Explicit Material against Her Religious Conscience

    Public School Student Exposed to Explicit Material against Her Religious Conscience

    Along with many of her peers, Skylar Carson, a student within the Steamboat Springs (CO) School District, was forced to read and analyze explicit lyrics in her “Music Literature” class. In doing so, her teacher had broken school policy (requiring parental consent to teach controversial material). No student should have to undergo such treatment—and neither teacher nor school district should get away with it. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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    Religious Release Time under Attack at Tennessee Public School

    Religious Release Time under Attack at Tennessee Public School

    While elementary students in Knoxville, Tennessee, can legally opt for Bible study time during their school days, complaints have recently arisen regarding this practice. Critics should recall that The Supreme Court of the United States approved and even commended this tradition in Zorach v. Clauson. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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    “In God We Trust”: FL Sheriff Accused for Incorporating the United States’ and Florida’s Motto on Police Department Vehicles

    “In God We Trust”: FL Sheriff Accused for Incorporating the United States’ and Florida’s Motto on Police Department Vehicles

    An atheist group has criticized Wayne Ivey, Sheriff of Brevard County, Florida, for lettering “In God We Trust” on the exterior of his police department’s vehicles. This accusation is nothing short of ridiculous—even the United States and the State of Florida claim this phrase as their official mottos! Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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    Attorney General Bill Barr: Religious Liberty, Not Militant Secularism, Is the Key to Governmental Neutrality and a Moral, Self-Governing Citizenry

    Attorney General Bill Barr: Religious Liberty, Not Militant Secularism, Is the Key to Governmental Neutrality and a Moral, Self-Governing Citizenry

    In a recent speech, Attorney General Bill Barr emphasized religious liberty’s importance in our federal republic. Echoing the Founders, he maintained that religious liberty promotes individual self-government and morality—needed virtues in American citizenry. Additionally, Barr explained why governmental neutrality depends upon religious liberty’s protection. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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    Opeleika, Alabama Officials Disregard Law and Ban Student-Led Prayer at Football Games

    Opeleika, Alabama Officials Disregard Law and Ban Student-Led Prayer at Football Games

    Opeleika, Alabama officials prohibit a tradition of student-led prayer over the loudspeaker before football games. This ban directly violates a standing state law. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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